|Quick takes: Hayat Sindi - PopTech|
2010 Science Fellow Hayat Sindi co-founded Diagnostics For All to offer point-of-care diagnostic tools micro-fabricated in paper. These technologies allow healthcare workers to monitor the treatment of the 60% of people living beyond the reach of medical infrastructures. Sindi is also an advocate for science education and careers for women in the Middle East. Drawings: Peter Durand
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Health; Technology; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Medicine; Shorts; Quick takes; Science Fellows 2010 shorts
|Lloyd and Zimbalist: Memory mapping the news - PopTech|
Alexis Lloyd and Michael Zimbalist, both from the New York Times R&D Lab, describe a new app for memory mapping the news, which they created for PopTech's iPad app. Unlike the old model of top-down publishing, it allows consumers to combine news with their own personal memories. Users can see timelines in real and perceived time and view stories from the archives within the context of their own lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Culture; Internet; Journalism; Mapping; Emerging Tech
|Zach Lieberman: Interactive Art - PopTech|
Artist Zach Lieberman uses interactive media to inspire - and explore the relationship between technology, performance, and the body. His recent projects include an open-source eye-tracking system that allows disabled artists to draw using their eyes and a performance that includes drawn sketches that react to a visitors' touch.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Technology; Art; PopTech 2009
|Mukara Meredith - PopTech|
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation; Interviews; Design
|Erica Williams on Youth Politics - PopTech|
Erica Williams is a Washington, D.C.-based activist and commentator who currently serves as the Deputy Director of Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress. In this riveting Poptech talk, Williams discusses how the Millennial generation--today's 18-30 year olds--are re-imagining the nature of political engagement.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Activism; Community; Politics; Justice; Government; PopTech 2009; Youth
|Nina Dudnik: Seeding Labs - PopTech|
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Nina Dudnik's organization, Seeding Labs, takes discarded lab equipment from the United States to needy labs in other countries. As part of its commitment, Seeding Labs also connects scientists from the U.S. with their counterparts in Africa and South America.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Education; PopTech 2010; Africa
|Chris Chabris: When Intuition Fails - PopTech|
Psychologist and neuroscientist Chris Chabris studies how rarely we see the world as it really is. A creator of the famous "gorilla experiment," Chabris' work reveals how relying on our intuitions is perilous. Because of copyright issues, we're unable to show the video in its entirety. Please watch the Invisible Gorilla video prior to this talk.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Psychology; Culture; PopTech 2010; Neuroscience; Mind
|Shorts: Tony Orrico performs at PopTech - PopTech|
Artist and choreographer Tony Orrico impressed us with a performance of his work at PopTech's closing night party this year. In this video, he creates a smaller scale version of his durational Penwald Drawings, in which he uses his body to inscribe geometric shapes on paper, recording his motion meticulously and with grace.
|Brooke Betts Farrell: Waste as Treasure - PopTech|
Brooke Betts Farrell's idea is simple - she wants her company, RecycleMatch, to be the eBay of trash. Matching those who have waste with those who need it, RecycleMatch lowers costs, reduces waste and accelerates green innovation.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Business; Green; Sustainability; Ecology; PopTech 2010; Collaboration
|Sean Gourley: Tracking Innovation - PopTech|
Sean Gourley is a mathematician who has spent the last seven years using math to understand war and insurgency. He is now applying that understanding to develop ways to map technology companies - in search of the "technology genome."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Business; PopTech 2010; Mapping; Technology
|Paula Kahumbu: Conservation 2.0 - PopTech|
As executive director of WildlifeDirect, 2009 PopTech Fellow Paula Kahumbu is building a global wildlife conservation community that connects conservationists and their supporters through blogs and direct funding. The goal: a movement powerful enough to reverse catastrophic species loss in Africa and around the world.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Africa; Fellows; Sustainability; Technology; Community; Social Innovation; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009
|Alec Ross on Statecraft 3.0 - PopTech|
Senior Advisor on Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Alec Ross, says it's time to reboot US diplomatic efforts abroad. Ross calls for 21st century statecraft based on the innovative use of new media. Previously, Ross co-founded One Economy, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, and brought his expertise to then Senator Obama's presidential campaign.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Government; Politics; PopTech 2009; Economics; Technology; Internet
|Christen Lien: Viola Expressions - PopTech|
Violist Christen Lien combines her classical training with experimental acoustic and electronic sounds and a looping machine. What results is mesmerizing, layers of music that one fan called "a bridge to the divine." This song, "Unconditional," appears on Lien's debut album Vol I: Battle Cry.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; Culture; Living Systems DC Salon 2010
|Kyna Leski: Creative processes - PopTech|
Kyna Leski is a designer and architecture professor at RISD, where she explores the craft of architecture as a design form. Artistic sensibility, she suggests, comes from the actual process of gathering, seeing, and grasping -- allowing us to "know" the world. She is also Principal at 3six0 Architecture. (www.3six0.com)
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Technology; Architecture; Mind; PopTech 2009; Art
|Donald Ingber: Serendipitous science - PopTech|
Donald Ingber explains how taking an undergraduate sculpture course while learning how to culture cells led to an unexpected breakthrough in understanding cellular construction. He believes an open mind for serendipity correlates to innovations in a diverse range of fields -- from the "lung-on-a-chip" to "DNA origami."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2010; Biology; Health; Innovation; Medicine
|Alan Rabinowitz: Saving Big Cats - PopTech|
Alan Rabinowitz overcame a debilitating stutter to lend his voice on behalf of big cats. After creating the world's first jaguar sanctuary and world's largest tiger reserve, the wildlife biologist now calls for new models of conservation that rely on wildlife corridors to allow humans and animals to coexist more peacefully.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; PopTech 2010; Sustainability; Ecology; Big Systems; Activism
|John Fetterman: Reviving Braddock - PopTech|
Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman is fighting for the future of his rust belt town's future. Braddock has lost ninety percent of its buildings and most of its population. Yet Fetterman's ambitious plans include repurposing abandoned lots and fostering numerous arts and community initiatives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Governance; Urbanization; Economics; PopTech 2009
|Kevin Starr: Lasting Impact - PopTech|
Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation director, looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. He thinks all projects need to answer four questions: Is it needed? Does it work? Will it get to those who need it? Will they use it correctly when they get it? Too many bad ideas are using up our limited resources and that needs to change.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Poverty; Development; Business; Sustainability; PopTech 2010; Big Systems; Social Innovation
|Shorts: Food as revolution - PopTech|
What better way to welcome PopTech attendees to Maine than by inviting them to participate in a cooking class run by Salt Water Farm's chef/owner Annemarie Ahearn and farm director Ladleah Dunn?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Business; Design; Energy; Entertainment
|Casey Dunn: Evolving Diversity - PopTech|
Casey Dunn"Casey Dunn is rethinking where individuality begins. He is fascinated by siphonophores, deep sea superorganinisms comprised of thousands of organisms that are genetically identical but function in different ways. How have evolutionary pressures acted on the siphonophore and the individual organisms within it?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Biology; Evolution; Environment; Ocean; PopTech 2010
|Nathan Eagle: Global mobile workforce - PopTech|
Nathan Eagle is harnessing mobile phone data in emerging markets. He's launched txteagle, a program that enables the under-employed to earn money or phone credits by performing tasks on their cell phones. Through partnerships with over 220 mobile phone operators, txteagle is active in nearly 100 countries.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Africa; Mobile; Development; Business; PopTech 2010
|Bhagwan Chowdhry's Financial Access at Birth - PopTech|
Bhagwan Chowdhry started Financial Access at Birth (FAB), which aims to give every child born in the world an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account so the next generation would have access to financial services in a few decades.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Development; Poverty; Design; DIY
|Salinee Tavaranan: Micro-Energy - PopTech|
Social Innovation Fellow Salinee Tavaranan and the Border Green Energy Team are helping to bring light to some of the world's darkest places. She and her team work on the border of her homeland, Thailand, and Burma, a country that's been embroiled in civil war for over sixty years, to bring solar power to clinics and medical facilities that desperately need it.
|Leila Janah: Jobs Fight Poverty - PopTech|
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Leila Janah founded Samasource to bring digitally connected jobs to people living in poverty, providing computer-based microwork via the Internet. Her philosophy: "Handouts are not going to end global poverty, but work -- real work -- just might."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Africa; Poverty; PopTech 2010; Internet
|Energy disruptors: Jay Keasling on plant-based fuels - PopTech|
Jay Keasling, a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, grew up on a farm in Nebraska where his father raised corn. He decided to apply his past to what he'd been doing for years, engineering microbes to produce chemicals. He's turned his attention to solving the world's energy crisis, using plants to engineer clean-burning fuels that will replace oil.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Energy disruptors shorts; Shorts; Energy disruptors; Emerging Tech; Environment; Green
|Lauren Abramson: Better Justice - PopTech|
As the founder of the Community Conferencing Center, Social Innovation Fellow Lauren Abramson works to alter how society typically responds to crime and conflict -- changing the focus from punishment to accountability, healing, and learning.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Psychology; Conflict; PopTech 2010; Community; Justice
|Asil Abulil, Nour Al-Arda, Asil Shaar, and Jameela Khaled Innovate from the Edge - PopTech|
Inspired to help a blind friend navigate the streets of their West Bank refugee camp, Palestinian students Asil Abulil, Nour Al-Arda, and Asil Shaar and their teacher Jameela Khaled, designed a cane that beeps and vibrates, which won an award at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Youth; PopTech 2010; Innovation; Entrepreneur
|Amishi Jha: Building Attention - PopTech|
Amishi Jha is a brain scientist who is working on ways to train brains to pay better attention. How can mindfulness training help people in high-stress situations - from medical staff to soldiers - better navigate their challenging environments?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Science Fellows 2010; PopTech 2010; Mind; Neuroscience; Fellows
|Assaf Biderman: Sentient Cities - PopTech|
Assaf Biderman is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, an MIT university research group that explores the "real-time city" by studying how distributed technologies can be used to improve our understanding of cities and create a more sustainable ways of interacting in urban environments.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mapping; Climate; Urbanization; Visualizations; Data; PopTech 2009; Mobile
|Anthony Doerr: Am I Still Here - PopTech|
Fiction writer and memoirist Anthony Doerr is the author of three books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. Here, the award-winning writer shares a story about how networked technologies can alienate us from nature and the things that matter most.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; Technology; Literature; Internet; Climate; PopTech 2009
|Dennis Littky on Big Picture Ed - PopTech|
The co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning, Dennis Littky believes that cookie-cutter teaching fails too many students. So Littky works to make alternative, non-standardized curriculums the new standard. Big Picture now has more than 70 schools nationwide.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Education; Youth; PopTech 2009; Big Systems
|Ashley Merryman on Parenting - PopTech|
Ashley Merryman has co-authored numerous articles about parenthood. Over the past two years, she and journalist Po Bronson have collaborated on an award-winning series of articles in New York Magazine. Their most recent work, a book titled NurtureShock, explores cutting edge research that challenges many familiar myths about how to best parent kids.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Education; PopTech 2009; Journalism; Psychology
|Lorrie Vogel: Pioneering designs - PopTech|
As General Manager for Nike's "Considered" team, Lorrie Vogel is conducting pioneering research in sustainable product design. Vogel says that green design requires fundamentally altering Nike business practices - which would dramatically cut waste, boost the use of eco-conscious materials, and transform social attitudes around consumption.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Business; Sustainability; Innovation; Green; PopTech 2009
|Kim Cobb: How Climate Changes - PopTech|
Kim Cobb studies the climate variability of the past in order to construct a sense of what we can expect in the future. Having a clearer sense of rainfall, for example, over the next 100 years will be incredibly valuable in informing public policy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Environment; Climate; PopTech 2010; Evolution
|Graham Hill: Life Edited - PopTech|
Treehugger founder Graham Hill announced the launch of a new online design competition, Life Edited, and asked all interested parties to weigh in on how he can best design his new 420 square foot New York City apartment. Offering up to $70,000 in prizes, Life Edited is raising the stakes for low-impact designers.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Ecology; Environment; Green; PopTech 2010
|Sinan Aral: Social Contagion - PopTech|
Sinan Aral's two areas of interest are behavioral contagions and causality. He believes that if we can understand how behavior is spread in a population, there's the potential to promote good behaviors such as condom use and tolerance and to deter behavior like smoking and violence.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Culture; PopTech 2010; Psychology
|Derek Lomas: Open Source Games - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Derek Lomas is director of the Playpower Foundation, a global network of developers, designers, academics, NGOs and businesses. Playpower leverages the availability of ultra-low-cost computers to create and distribute affordable, effective, and fun learning games for under-privileged children worldwide.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Education; Development; Fellows; Games; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Community
|Alysson Muotri: Uncovering autism links - PopTech|
Alysson Muotri is working at the forefront of research on Autism Spectrum Disorder. By studying stem cells from adult patients with Rett syndrome, his work is uncovering new insights into the environmental and genetic causes of autism, and the possibility that autistic neurons may be induced to revert back to normal neurons.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Health; Biology; Neuroscience; Science Fellows; Mind; Science Fellows 2011
|Energy disruptors: Arun Majumdar on disruptive energy innovation - PopTech|
Arun Majumdar was a high school student during the global energy crisis of the 1970s and became interested in engineering because of energy. Currently he's the first director of ARPA-E, the country's only agency dedicated to technologies promising genuine transformation in the ways we generate, store, and utilize energy. Majumdar explains that disruptive energy innovation must focus on scale, be cost effective, and provide an energy service.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Energy disruptors shorts; Shorts; Energy disruptors; Emerging Tech; Environment; Green
|April Smith and The Great Picture Show - PopTech|
April Smith and the Great Picture Show serve up an exuberant blend of vintage-inspired music that drips with emotion and grace. The group recently released their first CD, a fan-financed project called Songs for a Sinking Ship.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; Culture; PopTech 2010
|Jay Rogers: Open Source Your Car - PopTech|
Jay Rogers is revolutionizing the automobile industry. The former U.S. Marine and co-founder of Local Motors has created the world's first crowdsourced car. Rogers believes that making car production local - and personal - holds the key to fostering a sustainable car culture that also tackles our dependence on oil.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Design; Crowdsourcing; Innovation; Engineering; PopTech 2009; Transportation
|Nigel Waller on the Mobile Cloud - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Nigel Waller launched Movirtu to provide virtual mobile phone services for people earning less than two dollars a day. As Movirtu expands across Africa and Asia, even the poorest individuals can send text messages and make mobile payments as well as find work and access healthcare.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Technology; Fellows; Mobile; Data; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Africa
|Tony Orrico: Choreography’s shape on paper - PopTech|
Tony Orrico, visual artist, performer, and choreographer, uses his own body to inscribe geometries on paper. Through physically exhausting performances involving highly choreographed motions, Orrico explores line and shape with his actual body, creating works of visual art that record his own motion.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Play
|David Wax Museum: Mexo-Americana Music - PopTech|
The David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create an utterly unique Mexo-Americana aesthetic.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Culture
|David Eagleman on Possibilianism - PopTech|
Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman introduces the concept of Possibilianism, a new philosophy that simultaneously embraces a scientific toolbox while exploring new, unconsidered uncertainties about the world around us.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2010; Psychology; Neuroscience; Mind
|Michael Blum: Failure and Resiliency - PopTech|
Tulane ecology professor Michael Blum has been at the front lines of the Gulf coast oil spill response and clean-up efforts. In his PopTech talk, he analyzed the operational, organizational and technological failures that led to the accident as well as the community's resiliency in its rebuilding efforts.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Water; Ocean; PopTech 2010; Resilience; Ecology
|Matthew Berg: Mobiles for Health - PopTech|
Matt Berg helped create and pilot ChildCount+, a mobile-phone-based health platform that empowers communities in Africa to improve child and maternal health. Matt also trains local programmers at the Rural Technology Lab, with a goal to advance the health of millions while decentralizing the software development process.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Mobile; Africa; Technology; PopTech 2010; Youth; Community; Women
|Andri Magnason: Questioning growth - PopTech|
Andri Magnason is an Icelandic writer who co-directed the documentary film Dreamland, about a massive industrial project in Iceland that exposed some ugly truths about politics, industry and so-called green energy. He studies what seem like cycles of endless growth simply for growth's sake. "I was wondering about how rational we are as humans. Where does this come from? Where does this need, this addiction come from?"
|PopTech Iceland: Toward Resilience - PopTech|
In June 2012 PopTech will convene a gathering of researchers, practitioners and thought leaders--working in fields such as international development, global business, climate adaptation, social psychology, systems ecology, emerging technology, disaster relief, community activism--for a dialogue.
|Pardis Sabeti: Genome clues - PopTech|
Using genomes as an archeological record, Pardis Sabeti studies the patterns of natural selection. Why do some people have genetic resistance to disease while others do not? Her work has taken her throughout Africa to research the deadly Lassa fever and help doctors and nurses find a cure.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Medicine; Biology; Science Fellows; Resilience; Science Fellows 2011